Please continue to pray for Brad’s brother Kris and his family as they go it alone in the Ash village. Although, just to live in the village means lots of work getting water to the house, controlling the growth of jungle and weeds around the house, etc. they are continuing to try to learn more of the Ash language and culture. Below are some excerpts from one of Kris’ emails.
Kris writes: “All is pretty quiet around here. The Ash partied themselves out I guess and are all resting from the long night. There was a big barrel full of their homemade brew down the hill and a little canoe full of it up here but I think they have finished both of them now. I did hang out with them yesterday morning at the start of the party. One thing I noticed is that before they get too inebriated, these parties seem to be a place to deal with community issues. The adults were chewing out a teenager girl as she and a young man were caught in immorality while Tsiwiri (the young man’s wife) is still away taking care of paperwork in town. Twiwiri’s father was telling me that the young man never did ask to marry his daughter to begin with and how that was not good. Then he said, “He can marry this other girl and it is OK for Tsiwiri to be without as she is young and will find another husband.” So the two that were caught fooling around were in the doghouse and everyone was letting the girl have an earful. The guilty man was not around during this time.”
Pray for good weather and plenty of water in the river as next week Kris and family will have a JAARS airplane fly supplies into a community close to their Ash village.
Kris writes: “With the two days of rain the river came up a little so we have heard lots more boats going by. Our prayer is that right before the missionary airplane comes out here next week that it will rain and cause the river to come up so that we can easily boat back and forth from the airstrip with our supplies. If it is real low then there is a lot of getting out of the boat and dragging it over sandbars and logs.”
Photo: Kris sitting next to Tsiwiri’s father.